Sunday, August 19, 2018: Patriotism and Compassion

One can either love France for the glory which would seem to ensure for her a prolonged existence in time and space; or else one can love her as something which, being earthly, can be destroyed, and is all the more precious on that account.
These are two distinct ways of loving; perhaps, most probably, incompatible with each other, although in speech they become mixed up together.

 – philosopher Simone Weil in The Need for Roots, written during the German occupation of France

Lisa deGruyter will talk about living our second principle “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations”.

We would love to have you come worship with us.

Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. There are classes for children and adults 10 to 10:45 am, and a coffee gathering before the service. More about us.

Classes and worship are replaced by Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer, with brief worship, a potluck picnic, and outdoor activities. The schedule is in the sidebar.

Children are welcome. There is childcare and an activity for young children during the service.

The building is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible restroom.

Map

The schedule for the current adult religious education class is here.

Email westforkuu@gmail.com or use our contact form for more information

or write to us at PO Box 523, Clarksburg WV 26302

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Prelude: “By Your Grace – Jai Gurudev” by Krishna Das
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IJ4nNzbkcY

 Welcome: Call from Beyond By Susan Maginn

Welcome Song: #361 Enter Rejoice and Come In

Chalice Lighting: Come, yet again, come By Anne Slater

Song: Come, Come Whoever You Are

The Principles 

Offering and Response   (Unison)

For the gifts which we have received—and the gifts which we, ourselves, are—may we be truly grateful. Yet more than that, may we be committed to using these gifts to make a difference in the world: to increase love and justice; to decrease hatred and oppression; to expand beloved community; to share, and to keep sharing, as long as ever we can. Amen.

 Lesson Part 1 : Why Meditate?

If you google, Why Meditate, you will get a lot of answers, from a lot of places. The same is true if you were to Google, benefits of meditation.

Meditation helps reduce stress and therefore helps to reduce anxiety and raise productivity.
Meditation helps you focus.
Meditation opens up your mind to new possibilities.
Meditation can help you sleep better.
Meditation increases a sense of connection to yourself and to others.
Meditation increases our ability to get out there and connect with others as a result of feeling more connected to ourselves and clearer and more confident about what is happening inside us.

Video from the Dalai Lama
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTCRdM71j2E

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Worship Invitation and Reminder

Worship Invitation and Reminder
The BLUU Ministerial Network’s Summer Online Worship Series, Black Being, will conclude with worship on Sunday, August 19th at 9pm EDT, and we hope Black UUs and UU-adjacent folks from far and wide will join us for the fourth and final installment of the series, Be a Witness! If you haven’t already, join our Facebook group here and/or join our email list by completing the form at http://www.blacklivesuu.com/mailing-list for more information about and access to worship.
Also, if you can’t make it on the 19th, we will resume offering two online worship services a month beginning in September. We will be together each month in explicitly black sacred space on the 1st Thursday at 9pm ET and the 3rd Sunday at 4pm ET via Zoom. So be on the lookout for these announcements!

Sunday, August 5, 2018: Audra State Park

Swimming at Audra
Swimming at Audra

We have Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. For this year’s third outing, we will gather on Sunday, August 5, at Audra State Park at 11 a.m. for a short service, followed by a potluck picnic, conversation, and walking or swimming in the Middle Fork River.

We would love to have you come worship with us.

For a map, please use this link: https://goo.gl/maps/dQZFRS2idTJ2

Email westforkuu@gmail.com or use our contact form for more information or to carpool, or write to us at PO Box 523, Clarksburg WV 26302

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist. It is the trust that they will not last forever, that hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome. It is faith that a source of strength and renewal lies within to lead us through the dark into the sunshine.” – Elizabeth Chase

We would love to have you come worship with us.

This Sunday, John Hall will provide a lesson entitled “Glimmers of Hope”.

Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. There are classes for children and adults 10 to 10:45 am, and a coffee gathering before the service. More about us.

Classes and worship are replaced by Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer, with brief worship, a potluck picnic, and outdoor activities. The schedule is in the sidebar.

Children are welcome. There is childcare and an activity for young children during the service.

The building is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible restroom.

Map

The schedule for the current adult religious education class is here.

Email westforkuu@gmail.com or use our contact form for more information

or write to us at PO Box 523, Clarksburg WV 26302

Sunday, July 22, 2018: Affluence and Environment

"Figural vessels", 500 BCE-400 CE

Researchers have found that concern for the environment rises with wealth, but so does one’s ecological footprint. This leads to a truth that some environmentalists might find inconvenient …: The greater your concern for the environment, the more likely you are to be destroying it.
— Tom Culman, “Are environmentalists hypocrites?”

We would love to have you come worship with us.

The “Seventh Principle” of Unitarian Universalism, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part“, can be seen as a call to protect the environment. This Sunday we’ll discuss how our thoughts on ecological issues might be affected by our relative affluence.

Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. There are classes for children and adults 10 to 10:45 am, and a coffee gathering before the service. More about us.

Classes and worship are replaced by Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer, with brief worship, a potluck picnic, and outdoor activities. The schedule is in the sidebar.

Children are welcome. There is childcare and an activity for young children during the service.

The building is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible restroom.

Map

The schedule for the current adult religious education class is here.

Email westforkuu@gmail.com or use our contact form for more information

or write to us at PO Box 523, Clarksburg WV 26302